Fire burning in state's southwest under control

A pine plantation fire in the state's southwest is being brought under control, the Country Fire Authority says.

Two-hundred workers from the CFA and the Department of Sustainability and Environment were still working to put out the fire, which started on Friday afternoon, in the Lower Glenelg National Park area in Kentbruck.

Portland-Nelson Road has also been re-opened.

The fire – the most significant blaze to take hold since a total fire ban was put in place across Victoria on Friday – has so far burned 2040 hectares of land.

A spokesman for the CFA said that no nearby houses or properties were at risk.

He warned that a wind change had pushed smoke from the fire to Wimmera and Mallee, with reports of visible smoke as far away as Hamilton.

"Motorists should beware that thick smoke may restrict visibility along the Princes Hwy between Greenwald and the South Australian border, and drivers are asked to reduce speed accordingly," CFA said on its website.

Holidaymakers at nearby Swan Lake and Lake Monibeong (also known as Lake Mombeong) camping grounds were evacuated on Friday.

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